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by Pinetop Perkins

The quintessential Blue Piano player
Genre: Blues: Piano Blues
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1. Kidney Stew
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2. Just Keep On Drinking
5:37 $0.99
3. Down In Mississippi
4:51 $0.99
4. Five Long Years
5:37 $0.99
5. Yancey Special
4:42 $0.99
6. Four Hand Strut
2:06 $0.99
7. Since I Fell For You
6:16 $0.99
8. Pinetoppin'
3:43 $0.99
9. Little Girl
3:53 $0.99
10. Look Over Yonder Wall
4:36 $0.99
11. Worried Life Blues
3:31 $0.99
12. Just A Gigilo
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Born Willie Perkins, in Belzoni, MS, in 1913, Pinetop started out playing guitar at house parties and honky tonks, and switched to piano after sustaining a serious injury that made picking a guitar painful. He came under the tutelage of Clarence ³Pinetop² Smith, for whom he composed the song entitled ³Pinetop¹s Boogie² that became a hit and, indeed, one of the more popular tunes from the boogie-woogie era. Perkins started performing the tune himself, and out of admiration for his mentor, started using the name ³Pinetop.²

Perkins worked primarily in the Mississippi Delta throughout the thirties and forties, spending five years with Sonny Boy Williamson on the King Biscuit Time radio program on KFFA, Helena, Arkansas. Pinetop also toured extensively with slide guitar player Robert Nighthawk and backed him on an early Chess session. After briefly working with B.B. King in Memphis, Perkins barnstormed the South with Earl Hooker during the early fifties. The pair completed a session for Sam Phillips¹ famous Sun Records in Memphis 1953.

By this time, Pinetop had developed his own unmistakable sound. His right hand plays horn lines while his left kicks out bass lines and lots of bottom. It was Pinetop, along with Pete Johnson, Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons, and Little Brother Montgomery, who provided the basic format and ideas from which countless swing bands derived their sound-whole horn sections playing out what Pinetop¹s right hand was playing. Although Pinetop never played swing, it was his brand of boogie-woogie that came to structure swing and eventually, rock Œn roll.

Still, with recent successes the exception, Pinetop is best known for holding down the piano chair in the great Muddy Waters Band for twelve years during the highest point of Muddy¹s career. Replacing the late, great Otis Spann in 1969, Pinetop helped shape the Waters¹ sound and anchored Muddy¹s memorable combo throughout the seventies with his brilliant piano solos. In 1980, Pinetop and other Waters¹ alumni decided to go out on their own and formed the Legendary Blues Band. Legendary recorded two records for Rounder and toured extensively.

Pinetop, who had been labeled a sideman throughout most of his career, eventually left Legendary to concentrate on a solo career. Within two years, he had his first domestic record as a frontman and had a most impressive touring schedule. Since going solo, Pinetop has been featured on many nationally syndicated news and music shows, and he has appeared in numerous movie productions as well as television and radio ads. He has also headlined nearly every major showcase room in North America and most of the major festivals here and abroad.



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He knows the right notes to play and he plays them at the exact perfect moments to dig deep into your bones. I love this CD.

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